Opinion: Elected officials must act on common sense solutions to prevent deadly attacks

Carrie Matula embraces a woman after a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Matula said she heard the shooting from the gas station where she works a block away. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Over the past seven days our country has experienced two horrific attacks, one in New York City and another in Sutherland Springs, Texas. As investigators continue to search out answers on why these incidents occurred, it is vital for our elected leaders to come up with common sense solutions to prevent them from happening again.

In response to the terror attack in New York, President Trump has called for an end to the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. According to numerous reports, that program allowed for the suspect in the New York attack to enter the United States. Ending the diversity visa program is a common-sense reaction to the worst terrorist attack on New York since 9/11.

There is no reason to open up our borders to random winners of a lottery. The security of Americans is more important than giving everyone around the world a shot at coming to America.

In response to the horrific shooting in Texas there are calls to examine and potentially expand our nation’s gun restrictions. The shooter was court martialed for allegedly assaulting his wife and child. He should not have had access to guns.

The same common sense that calls for us to secure our borders also calls for our government to make sure that the gun laws currently on the books do not let psychopaths like this one from having access to firearms.

Here is the bottom line: sadly, these deadly attacks are becoming an all too regular occurrence. It is time for our elected officials to act on common sense solutions that will result in securing of both our borders and our streets.

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